Friday, 4 Dec 2020

Ore. Woman Who Drove to Wash. to Pick Up Kids from Visit with Dad Is Allegedly Fatally Shot by Him

According to the documents, which were also obtained by, a neighbor told police that they heard the gunshot around 12:30 pm. on Saturday. The witness reported seeing a man who matched Beale's description allegedly fleeing the scene.

Police questioned Beale, 35, at his home. According to the documents, Beale alleged that there was no parenting plan in place for the two children, and he expected Schaffer to pick up the kids at noon. When she didn't arrive, he said, he went to get coffee.

The documents allege that Beale "was evasive and did not provide a clear answer" when asked if he owned a firearm.

Officers later spoke to the children, who stated that they had been with their father for five weeks. One of the children reported finding a gun in one of Beale's backpacks, but did not inform Beale about the discovery. Authorities later found a 9mm gun at Beale's home. It allegedly matched the bullet casing found at the scene.

PEOPLE confirms that Beale has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder with domestic violence. He remains in jail on $1 million bond. He has pleaded not guilty. Court records do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf.

The children are staying with relatives.

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